Designed by renowned course architect David Rainville—whose resumé includes famed courses such as Indian Wells Country Club—the 18-hole California Oaks course stretches across 5,218 yards of bucolic Southern California topography. Towering trees, intervening ponds, and immense bunkers conspire to kidnap wayward balls throughout the course, and the club's immaculate fairways provide a hospitable landing zone for pinpointed drives and golf-obsessed extraterrestrials. A stream flows alongside every hole, adding a sense of continuity to rounds as golfers contend with each on-course challenge. After 18-hole expeditions, players can replenish at Oaks Bar & Grill, which, like the course itself, affords customers splendid views of the Temecula Valley, the San Jacinto mountain range, and the cloud-like spirits of drowned golf balls trying to contact 9-irons from the beyond.
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The rolling contours of Fallbrook Golf Club's course wind through scenic Gird Valley to carve out a sturdy par 72 course highlighted by manicured greens and majestic, mature trees. Divot diggers of all skill levels will be led astray by the course's shimmering water hazards, strategically placed bunkers, and enticing strip-malls. The course spans more than 6,000 yards, with a slew of difficult par 5 holes neatly framed by native live oak, sycamore, and eucalyptus trees. Players grab a friend for a full round, complete with two large buckets of range balls for handicap-lowering rehearsal on the course's full driving range and practice green. Included golf carts ferry players between tees with the majesty of Phil Mickelson traversing Augusta on the back of a trumpet-playing lion.
PGA Class A Professional Scott Marson imparts swing-honing advice to aspiring aces from Links at Summerly’s verdant golf course and practice facilities. The passionate pedagogue eats every meal with a modified divot tool to maintain the well-oiled swing mechanics he has mastered through 20 years of teaching. Bolster your orb-blasting skills with today’s first option, which grooms golf swings during a one-hour lesson to impart solid form and smooth out herky-jerky backswings. The package also includes a five-hole playing lesson, during which players can enlist Scott’s sage counsel through strategic quandaries, such as when to hit driver, when to play it safe with a 3-iron, and how to break a disobedient nine-iron’s rebellious spirit. With the second option, Scott augments each lesson with the use of video swing analysis, providing players with an invaluable visual aid while also documenting their progress through three, one-hour sessions.
Situated along the meandering Moosa Creek, the fairways of Castle Creek Country Club sweep gracefully through the foothills of Temecula Wine Country and located near three major casinos. The 1948 Jack Daray blueprint escorts players through a 6,688-yard labyrinth, hemmed in by oak-forest barriers and mottled with bunkers of white sand. After completing a testy front nine that includes the 624-yard par 5 sixth hole, players embark on the most difficult stretch of the course in holes 10, 11, and 12. These holes—a 450-yard par 4 followed by back-to-back par 5s—demand that players demonstrate an ability to hit the ball far, leaving many contestants exhausted, bleary-eyed, and swinging at golf balls that don’t exist.
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Notched into a riparian zone draped over North County’s coastal hills, Arrowood Golf Course’s 18 holes usher golfers over 6,721 yards of pristine turf marked by frequent swings in elevation. As the cool ocean breeze billows over the course, bringing with it the cries of oysters whose pearls were mistaken for tiny golf balls, players wrangle with the wide open, Ted Robinson-designed layout. Their travails will lead them past a healthy assortment of hazards including wastelands, fairway bunkers, and water hazards. Each of these converge on the player’s path on the 16th hole, where tee shots threaded through the gauntlet of fairway bunkers leave their owners with dramatic approaches into a green surrounded almost entirely by water.
Arrowood golf instructor Eric Ewing and his staff use the course’s practice range as a laboratory for game improvement. Instruction adheres to a seven-part curriculum aimed at shaving strokes, ranging from physical skills such as putting and the full swing to the strategic mindset of course management.
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